Monday, 4 July 2016

Black Estate

Black Estate Riesling 2015 Waipara Valley
An instant flourish of lime flower and mandarin with other citrus, apple and silty mineral powdered rock suggestions. On the palate - a core of ripe fruit with lemon leading then grapefruit, red apple and tangerine flavours; plenty of acidity pushing the mineral ideas and leading into a dry finish. Tasty, crisp, fresh and delicious.
91 Points

Black Estate 'Omihi Series' Chardonnay 2010 Waipara Valley
Distinctive bouquet with aromas of ripe stone fruits laced with spice, toast, vanilla and cashew; some time in bottle has revealed a nutty complexity alongside a touch of sulphide. On the palate - firm, tense, full, textured, and and packed with flavours that reflect the bouquet - nutty, roasted stone fruits, a little lemon citrus, medium acidity and lengthy finish.
Balanced, well made and a delight to taste.
94 Points

Black Estate 'Home' Pinot Noir 2014 Waipara Valley
Fine bouquet of Pinot Noir fruit with ripe light red fruits of ripe [freeze-dried] raspberry and darker cherry aromas; distinctive layer of minerality - silty clay suggestions; fine oak spice layers and floral. On the palate - ripe, firm, youthful and dry; a layer of black currant flavour alongside the darker cherry and berry notes adds depth, very fine tannins and medium+ acidity, quite a lengthy finish with violet and rose flavours. Overall a complex wine with a finely textured palate.
95 Points

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